Orioles Talking With Saunders, Capuano

The Orioles are in discussions with free agent left-handers Joe Saunders and Chris Capuano, tweets Jon Morosi of FOX Sports

Orioles Executive Vice-President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette has said on several occasions that the O's are on the hunt for a veteran starter this offseason, and both Saunders and Capuano would fit that bill. However, neither distinguished themselves in 2013, as Saunders posted a 5.26 ERA in 183 innings for the Mariners, and Capuano managed just 105 2/3 frames for the Dodgers after struggling with various injuries. He eventually received a $1MM buyout. With both Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez still on the market, it's safe to say a deal for Saunders or Capuano wouldn't be the impact move many O's fans have waited for this offseason.

The Orioles were known to be in pursuit of A.J. Burnett, who is a Maryland resident. However, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reported yesterday that the chances of a deal "don't look good," as it's believed Burnett would prefer to remain in the National League.


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29 Comments on "Orioles Talking With Saunders, Capuano"


Three Definitions of Leader
1 year 6 months ago

Hopefully that means AJ returns to Pittsburgh.

Seamaholic
1 year 6 months ago

Philly

snowbladerp14
1 year 6 months ago

washington

Eric
1 year 6 months ago

Seattle… Jk

Eric
1 year 6 months ago

Seattle… Jk

RayHunt0917
1 year 6 months ago

Let the dumpster diving begin in Baltimore!

snowbladerp14
1 year 6 months ago

the market has finally played out time for Baltimore to enter the market

FOmeOLS
1 year 6 months ago

Begin?
You mean “continue”

Ruthlessly Absurd
1 year 6 months ago

Seriously. If the Dodgers got Maholm for 1.5 million base, certainly the Orioles could have gotten him for 3. I would easily take that over the other extremes — a Vargas/Hughes type for 8 million a year, or a Saunders type for peanuts

johnsilver
1 year 6 months ago

Was actually hoping Bazooka Joe went back to Seattle on some kind of split contract, or bottom barrel type deal. He’s definately not worth anywhere near the 6m +/- he’s managed to get the last few years, but might be able to get a couple million if he waits until the rest of the dominos fall if he’s lucky.

kungfucampby
1 year 6 months ago

No Barry Zito?

Longdistance O'S fan
1 year 6 months ago

How about a breakout season (and then some) from KEVIN GAUSMAN. Keep believing.

Rabbitov
1 year 6 months ago

Its bad when your token signing is probably going to be a guy who is a borderline minor league free agent.

NYBravosFan10
1 year 6 months ago

Good, get Capuano out of the NL!!

rouscher
1 year 6 months ago

Honestly why not get one of these guys, and let tillman, gausman, and bundy eventually have the top 3 spots, with britton, on of the mentioned starters saunders or capuano, and miguel gonzalez. And so you look at a rotation of tillman, gausman, saunders/capuano, gonzalez, and britton, and then hopefully plug
In bundy or eduardo rodriguez later in the year.

snowbladerp14
1 year 6 months ago

where is bud norris or wei-yin chen?

orangeoctober
1 year 6 months ago

chen is better than gonzo. rodriguez is still really young. i don’t see him being brought up until maybe the end of 2015. gausman will be up and maybe bundy can be brought into the pen later in the year depending on how he recovers. they have some good young pitchers though with the three of them plus mike wright. hopefully at least two of them work out and stick around. britton is out of options so he’ll prob get a shot at starting.

Tim
1 year 6 months ago

UN BE LIEVE ABLE!!! Wait… yes, I can totally believe this… Duquette “yeah… we will be at $100 million payroll by the start of the season….”

How?!? Are you giving yourself a $17M bonus for keeping the payroll low? Sometimes I hate that I love the Orioles.

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 6 months ago

If the Orioles sign Capuano, I will be happy with that signing.
However, they should have gotten more done during this off-season!
Burnett really wouldn’t have done anything for us.
The “Closer” who wound up with the Rays would have been very nice, but for whatever reason it wasn’t meant to be.
Signing Joe Saunders aka “Mr. 5 and 2/3rd’s” really isn’t my idea of success.
Bottom line is the Orioles need to sign Jimenez and Capuano to have any kind of effect on the 2014 season. We need two pitchers signed! Not just one!

TheManFromMarsCircular
1 year 6 months ago

You’d be happier with Capuano than Burnett?

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 6 months ago

Can’t you read so good? =P
You see Jimenez and Capuano!
Plus, I am not interested in Burnett!
No way let some other AL East Team take him!

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 6 months ago

Can’t you read so good? =P
You see Jimenez and Capuano!
Plus, I am not interested in Burnett!
No way let some other AL East Team take him!

Brian Fratusz
1 year 6 months ago

Why does Burnett want to be in the NL so bad? Does he care that much about his numbers? He’s retiring after this next contract…

comebackkid814
1 year 6 months ago

He might just really enjoy hitting. Plus, he’s more likely to have a better (almost certainly) last season if he faces the pitcher at least 2-3 in more spacious ballparks (on average).

Sam
1 year 6 months ago

The ONLY reason the Orioles are discussing Saunders and Capuano is because they are both CHEAP….thats it. No other reason whatsoever.

DerekJeterDan
1 year 6 months ago

Duquette acquired Pedro Martinez TWICE, signed Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon, Orlando Cabrera and Vladimir Guerrero in Boston and Montreal, traded for Derek Lowe, Jason Varitek, and Tim Wakefield and is a 2 time winner of Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award. He is certainly not a Sandlot “weenie.” He’s done a fine job bringing the Orioles back to the Playoffs & respectability.

Bonzi77
1 year 6 months ago

Make a list of the impact players on the Orioles. Then make a list of the players on the Orioles acquired by Dan Duquette. Then see how many are on both lists.

John Cate
1 year 6 months ago

Exactly. Duquette put together most of the first Red Sox championship team. Every team he’s run has improved under his leadership. And if Peter Angelos won’t open his wallet, then all he can do is bargain shopping. Capuano might actually be a pretty good pickup if he’s healthy, but Saunders is nothing more than a No. 5.

Meh Sheep
1 year 6 months ago

Hammel, Chen and Gonzalez, the 3 most reliable starters, on the 2012 playoff Orioles. The only starter that had any real consequence for 2012 or 2013 that was in the system before Duquette was Tillman.